Critic Consensus: Doctor Who provides a satisfying conclusion to the previous installment's cliffhanger with "Before the Flood," a playful and exciting episode.
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Critic reviews for Before the Flood
A two-parter where both episodes are equally good and even feel like they belong together.
It's a joy to watch, even when what just happened remains a bit of a head-scratcher, as it does in the very satisfying "Before the Flood."
It's not too often that we get to see the Doctor peer at himself from around the corner (mercifully - it would get tired quickly), which invoked the warm familiarity of the sci-fi of yesteryear.
"Before the Flood" should be commended for being willing to toy with certain ideas, and for exposing a confounding truth involving its protagonists that might afford the season an interesting avenue to explore.
The willingness of "Before the Flood" to play with the fourth wall and Peter Capaldi's performance in those scenes really brought the whole -- already good -- package together.
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